Male Dog Names – 150 Brilliant Boy Puppy Names

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Looking for the best male dog names? Then look no further! Welcome to our complete guide to naming a boy puppy or rescue dog.

One of the most fun ways to pass the time while you await the arrival of your new dog? Thinking about what to call him, of course!

Maybe you already know exactly what kind of names you like? Or perhaps you chop and change your mind on a daily basis?

Whichever camp you fall into, you’re bound to find some boy dog names to inspire you in these lists.

Best male dog names

Do you like to capture the zeitgeist, or do you prefer male puppy names which have stood the test of time?

best male dog names

These dog names for boys have consistently occupied the top male pet names lists for years:

  • Max
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Cooper
  • Jack
  • Rocky
  • Bear
  • Duke
  • Toby
  • Tucker
  • Jake
  • Oliver
  • Teddy
  • Harley
  • Riley
  • Cody
  • Buster
  • Lucky
  • Milo
  • Leo

Boy names for dogs

As you can see there’s a real trend towards giving our dogs human names.

It’s a logical progression from thinking of pets as part of the family. A way of saying that in our hearts, our dogs have the same status as people.

So here are some more names for boy dogs that are human names too:

  • Thomas
  • Caleb
  • Lucas
  • Jackson
  • Wyatt
  • Evan
  • Gabriel
  • Carter
  • Asher
  • Dylan

Names for male dogs

Boy pet names are also a fun chance to use human names that are a bit more unusual.

best male dog names

These human names aren’t too common, but they’d all be good boy dog names:

  • Turner
  • Cedric
  • Seamus
  • Gilbert
  • Harris
  • Lyle
  • Reuben
  • Heath
  • Alistair
  • Douglas

Unique male dog names

Coming up with a one of a kind name for your dog can be a real challenge.

You never know when an obscure name is about to surge in popularity, or if someone else on your street is about to have the same flash of inspiration.

But it’s still fun to find something a bit special, like these unusual male dog names:

  • Zyron
  • Hurricane
  • Odin
  • Corvus
  • Inchyra
  • Stirling
  • Lulworth
  • Hobbs
  • Auster
  • Fisher
  • Moss
  • Ash

Names for male dogs

One way to to find cute boy puppy names is to pick a theme you like and see where it leads you.

best male dog names

I’ve come up with this list by thinking of American places and landmarks:

  • Smoky
  • Rio
  • Elias
  • Sanford
  • Huron
  • Tahoe
  • Kennedy
  • Rockefeller
  • Bryce
  • Cimarron (This could be reckless, since cimarrón is Spanish for “wild” or “untamed”!)
  • Cartwright
  • Zoar (Cartwright and Zoar are both small settlements in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

Cute boy dog names

Will your dog be the baby of the family even when he’s fully grown?

Here are some cute boy dog names for puppies that are going to be adorable forever:

  • Angel
  • Beau
  • Prince
  • Babe
  • Jesse
  • Bodhi
  • Blue
  • Zebedee
  • Neo (Neo means both “new” in Greek and “gift” in Tswana – how perfect?)
  • Fuzz
  • Cupid

Cool dog names male

Is your dog going to be a legend in his own time?

Obviously what’s cool is a matter of taste and perception, and I’m not saying that I’m an authority on what definitely is cool.

best male dog names

But I might be.

  • Ace
  • Maverick
  • Ryker
  • Bix
  • Frank
  • Cash
  • Toro
  • Bogart
  • Dylan
  • Jet
  • Orion
  • Loki

Cute dog names for boys

There seems to be a trend at the moment for naming animals after other animals. For example the A Cat Called Mouse story books, and Rhino the hamster in the Disney film Bolt.

Whether you rate it or hate it, here are some more suggestions that might work as names for male dogs:

  • Wolf
  • Tiger
  • Raven
  • Bear
  • Lynx
  • Puma
  • Fox
  • Sparrow
  • Buffalo (or just Buff!)
  • Gopher

Good boy dog names

Do you have a hunch that your dog will be a loyal, reliable and upstanding member of the canine community?

Cute Dog Names

Honor his noble side with one of these good male dog names:

  • Noah
  • Lincoln
  • Theodore
  • Sam
  • Joe
  • Captain
  • Norman
  • Benjamin
  • Seth
  • George
  • Pops

Unusual male dog names

An unusual name will help your pup stand out in the park, and be a great ice-breaker when you’re doing that all-important socializing:

  • Beckett
  • Bayer
  • Darwin
  • Huxley
  • Logan
  • Falstaff
  • Womble
  • Sunny
  • Tanner

Strong male dog names

Dogs have amazing amounts of energy, stamina, and muscle.

Cute Girl Dog Names

These names either mean strong, or imply strength:

  • Mason
  • Hunter
  • Chase
  • Atlas (Atlas is the Greek god depicted carrying the world on his shoulders)
  • Aaron (Hebrew name meaning “mountain of strength”)
  • Magnar (Norwegian name meaning “strength”)
  • Angus (Irish name meaning “unique strength”)
  • Ryker (Danish name meaning “strength”)
  • Obelix (Greek name meaning “pillar of strength”)
  • Zeke (Hebrew name meaning “God strengthens”)
  • Virtus (the Roman god of bravery and military strength)

Big dog names male

Was your pup the biggest in the litter?

Or are you renaming a rescue dog who’s already head and shoulders above his friends?

These names all call great size to mind:

  • Titus
  • Groot (as well as a Marvel hero, groot is the Dutch word for “large” although the Dutch pronunciation is tricky! )
  • Hercules
  • Jupiter
  • Montaro (Japanese name meaning “big boy”)
  • Orson (Latin name meaning “bear”)
  • Odin
  • Berg (berg means “mountain” in several Germanic languages)
  • Tan
  • Redwood
  • Everest
  • Elbrus (Mount Elbrus is the tallest mountain in Russia and Europe)

Small dog names male

Are your puppy’s parents petite?

Maybe your dog is going to fall at the other end of the scale, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

These great boy dog names celebrate being a little more compact:

  • Pebble
  • Bean
  • Peagreen (from The Borrowers)
  • Frodo (from The Lord of the Rings)
  • Atom
  • Kerwin (Gaelic name meaning ‘little black one’)
  • Beetle
  • Nugget
  • Acorn
  • Spark

Great dog names male

Some dogs are born great, and others have greatness thrust upon them.

Recognize their nobility with one of these strong male dog names:

  • William (I can hardly paraphrase his words without including Shakespeare’s name!)
  • Armstrong
  • Endeavor
  • Sirius
  • Nelson
  • Majesty
  • Augustus
  • Maximus
  • Hero
  • Arkin
  • Zeus

Famous dog names male

Cute Black Dog Names

Some of our favorite famous dogs:

  • Marley (From Marley and Me, Marley was a yellow Labrador Retriever)
  • Brian (From Family Guy, Brian Griffin is a white Labrador Retriever)
  • Vincent (the Labrador Retriever in the TV series Lost)
  • Pal (Did you know that Lassie was almost invariably played by male dogs, because they were a better scale next to children? Pal was the first)
  • Ghost
  • Grey Wind
  • Shaggydog (Ghost, Grey Wind and Shaggydog are direwolves in Game of Thrones)
  • Zuma (A chocolate Labrador, and grossly underused member of kids’ favorite, PAW Patrol)
  • Bolt (Of the eponymous Disney film)

Best male dog names

The best name for your dog is one you fall in love with, and don’t mind shouting out in public.

Wherever you get your inspiration from, finding the perfect name for your newest family member is a satisfying moment.

Happy name hunting!

What are your top male dog names?

What is your boy dog called?

If you had to name a new dog tomorrow, what would you call him?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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65 COMMENTS

  1. So I may be getting a male golden retriever service dog and here’s my current list: crouton, onion, cornbread, ravioli, tuna. And no I don’t love food that much, but cmon, cornbread is ingenious and I can call ravioli “ollie” for short. Onion and tuna don’t even need an explanation… they’re flawless.

  2. I might be getting a speckled Pit Bull Terrier. He’s about 65 pounds and is mainly white with little grey specks. If we adopt him we would need names quickly since he would come home that day. We thought of Blue and Ryder but we need more names

  3. My chokolate lab goes by the name Baloo – after the bear in The Junglebook. “The bare necessities of life”; fitting for a dog!

  4. We name our animals in themes. The chickens are all named from a Sci-Fi book series. Our domestic animals are named for Pirate stuff. There is Morgan, a beagle/large-spaniel mix, named after the highly successful pirate, Cpt. Henry Morgan (not the liquor). The cats have been Patch (eye patch) and Monkey. And the younger dog, a runt yellow lab (only 27lbs at five years old), is Scrimshaw, for the carving art form originated by sailors. Both dogs are rescues.

  5. we need help! we are a family of four and we are getting a male cane corso, no one agrees on a name and my kids just want the names they picked. Does anyone have suggestions????

  6. I have a male sprocker called ‘Bosley’ (seems it used to be a 1st name before it became a surname) + I used to have a cat called ‘Sweeney’

  7. I am bringing home two Lhasa Apso puppies next week. Brothers. Trying to find two equally awesome duo names and keep going back to Boondocks Saints twins, Murphy and Connor or another idea is going for great actors Brando and Bogie. Help!
    Any better suggestions?

  8. Help. Can’t decide. Got a male and female Bassets today. Named the girl Bella but can’t decide for the boy. Either Murphy, or Harley or open to suggestions.

  9. i named my new male Golden Doodle TuDog (pronounced 2dog). I think TuDog is a unique name and am glad I named him that. My sister-in-law keeps telling me that TuDog is a terrible name for the “poor thing”. Does anybody else have any thoughts on TuDog as a name?

  10. We are getting a new puppy – a male Labradoodle and are having a hard time choosing a name. Here are some that we are sort of stuck on, but need to narrow it down. Any suggestions?
    Roo
    River
    Ren
    Cooper
    Rogan
    Tucker
    Stitch

  11. My boy is called Kruzer, our adorable Cockapoo. He is a therapy dog and amazing ! My next dog will be called Ketch . We’re sailors and all have “k” names .

  12. SO I’M IN A DILEMMA….. we are getting a male miniature poodle tomorrow and we can’t agree on a name the top contenders are Frankie, Ollie, Finley, and Yogi what do y’all think ????? or do you have any better ideas ???I REALLY NEED HELP!!!!! xxx

    Also, can dogs eat fish?

  13. Me and my husband adopted a 1 year old black lab today. My husband likes the name Ace but I like Diesel. HELP!! Which do y’all think sounds more suitable for a lab😊

  14. Having a hard time naming my new Border Terrier puppy. Right now he’s like 3 lbs. he will probably get to 22 lbs. We had 2 borders that crossed the Rainbow bridge. There names were Baxter and Bailey. We currently have a rescued Terrier named Eddie. We’re leaning towards Douglas, Dug but I also like Becker.

    • I’ve got a 4 month old black lab named casper. The name’s adorable and fits him perfectly. He’s snuggled up next to me right now like the friendly little dork he is.

  15. We just put down our 13.5 yr. old miniature doxie. His name was Milo. We’re still in the grieving process, but plan on getting another miniature doxie next Spring/Summer 2018. My husband and I like the names Harley and Riley–Tucker is another good one. We’ll determine the name once we decide on a pup.

  16. Our dogs so far – Max, a yellow lab – and Luke, black lab. We may get another yellow, and I like
    the name Bradley. Also, we had a black lab.called Winston

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